The centerpiece of the traditional Tomonoura Port area, Fukuzenji Temple is associated with the Shingon Sect of Buddhism and has roots that can be traced back to the 10th century. Its object of worship is the thousand-armed Goddess of Mercy. The structure that stands today was built in the Edo era during the 17th century.
A rare seaside temple, it is situated on a slightly elevated position with what has been referred to for centuries as the best view in Japan, visitors are welcomed to enjoy the marvelous seascape from the temple hall.
From the spacious temple hall you are afforded a picture postcard view of Sensuijima Island and the Tomonoura landmark temple on Benten Island. You are in for quite the treat if you happen to be here during the end of spring fireworks display that takes place every five years. You can witness the launching of 2000 rockets from Benten Island.
About the Area
Fukuyama is the second largest city in Hiroshima Prefecture and borders Okayama Prefecture to the west. The city is famous for is annual rose festival and the splendid Fukuyama castle. The castle is the cultural center of the city, as many yearly events and festivals are held there or in the vicinity.
Tomonoura is a port district of the city that has become well-known for its use in both live action and animated features. Most famous for being the inspiration behind the setting of the Studio Ghibli animated film Ponyo, the quaint Edo era structures of the town have a timeless appeal.
There are quite a number of sights to see within Tomonoura, including Fukuzenji Temple, with its stunning view of the Benten Island. You can also visit the elegant Enpuku-ji Temple. Other sights on the mainland include the Joyato Lantern, Ankoku-ji Temple and Nunakuma Shrine.
Just off the Tomonoura coast is the resort island of Sensuijima, which can be reached by ferry in a few minutes. The island has three hotels, a swimming beach, a hiking course and a number of notable scenic spots. There are also several heated seawater baths around the island as well.
Access: Take the Shinkansen From JR Okayama Station to JR Fukuyama Station. Take the bus bound for Tomo Port to the last stop. Fukuzen-ji Temple is about a 1 minute walk from the bus stop.
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